Senate candidate Todd Tiahrt has been on a Twitter spree as of late, taking on Jerry Moran over earmarks. Some examples:
RT @4KCYRs2009: @danconston: @moranforkansas asks for $35M in earmarks & says he’s against earmarks. What’s the word 4 that? #tcot #ksgop
RT @danconston: must have forgotten to research his new boss @moranforkansas who requested $35m #earmarks last year alone #gop #tcot
I seem to recall a Bible verse about beholding a mote in someone else’s eye while ignoring a beam in one’s own, because Tiahrt, by comparison, has quite the beam.
According to Opensecrets.org, in FY2008 and 2009, Tiahrt was able to secure $174,652,500 in earmarks. Compare this to Moran, who brought in $66,199,100 in the same time period.
By the numbers, Tiahrt was involved in 147 earmark requests in FY08 and 09. Out of that number, 48 listed him as the only sponsor, for a total of $45,341,000 ($29,831,000 in FY 08 and $15,510,000 in FY09). Moran was involved in 66, with 21 listing him as the only sponsor for a total of $8,272,000 ($3,170,500 in FY 09 and $5,101,500 in FY08).
In fact, according to the same information, Tiahrt is the undisputed king of earmarks in the Kansas House delegation.
To quote Tiahrt’s tweet, “What’s the word 4 that?”